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John Cuthbert Hare

John Cuthbert Hare: John Cuthbert Hare

John Cuthbert Hare


1908 - 1978

John Cuthbert Hare was a watercolorist who painted boats, seascapes and harbor scenes. He was primarily associated with New England, especially Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he spent his summers from 1938 to 1965. However, he also painted in Florida, where was a member of the St. Augustine Art Association as well as other locations on the East Coast.

It is likely Hare was born in New York City. He studied commercial art in Brooklyn at the Pratt Institute and in Manhattan at the Art Students League. He also worked for Hearst Newspaper Corporation. In 1933 he married, and throughout the next few years he and his wife traveled extensively, camping and painting and exhibiting his work in galleries.

In 1935 the couple visited St. Augustine and an exhibition of his watercolors was held there. The couple liked St. Augustine so well they returned two years later, joined the Art Association, and set up a studio at 33 Aviles Street.

About 1938, the Hares, attracted to its rolling farmland, moved to Amherst, Massachusetts. Hare also painted in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and Yarmouth Port, Massachusetts, where he and his wife lived from 1967 to 1977. Hare spent the last years of his life in Palm Beach, Florida.

His work is in the collections of the Lowe Art Museum and the Lightner Museum in Florida, and the Smith College of Art in Massachusetts. 

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